A Place Called Waco: A Survivors Story by David ThibodeauCommemorating the 25th anniversary of the siege at Waco, and a tie-in to the upcoming Spike TV mini-series, an updated reissue of the critically acclaimed A Place Called Waco by Branch Davidian survivor, David Thibodeau.
For the first time ever, a survivor of the Waco massacre tells the inside story of Branch Davidians, David Koresh, and what really happened at the religious compound in Texas.
When he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeau was drumming for a rock band that was going nowhere fast. Intrigued and frustrated with a stalled music career, Thibodeau gradually became a follower and moved to the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. He remained there until April 19, 1993, when the compound was stormed and burnt to the ground after a 51-day standoff.
In this book, Thibodeau explores why so many people came to believe that Koresh was divinely inspired. We meet the men, women, and children of Mt. Carmel. We get inside the day-to-day life of the community. Thibodeau is brutally honest about himself, Koresh, and the other members, and the result is a revelatory look at life inside a cult.
But Waco is just as brutally honest when it comes to dissecting the actions of the United States government. Thibodeau marshals an array of evidence, some of it never previously revealed, and proves conclusively that it was our own government that caused the Waco tragedy, including the fires. The result is a memoir that reads like a thriller, with each page taking us closer to the eventual inferno.
The Waco Siege: 6 Little-Known Facts
Nearly 80 people were killed. There the Branch Davidians lived a simple life, preparing for the imminent return of Jesus. However, in the mids the group became embroiled in a power struggle, and by the end of the decade Vernon Howell later called David Koresh had become head of the Mt. Carmel community. Believing that the group was illegally stockpiling weapons, the U. On February 28, , more than 70 ATF agents raided the complex. Gunfire erupted—though it is uncertain who fired first—and during the two-hour battle, four federal agents were killed and more than a dozen injured.
The Texas town of Waco has, for many Americans, become synonymous with tragedy—ever since the day Waco siege in between the federal government and an extremist religious sect called the Branch Davidians ended in a deadly fire. On February 28, , in response to reports that the Davidians had been stockpiling illegal weapons at their compound, the Mount Carmel Center, in preparation for the end of the world, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raided the property. Their goal: to search the premises and arrest Koresh for unlawful weapons possession. But the plan went south fast, with four FBI agents and six Branch Davidians dying in a chaotic shootout. The FBI then became embroiled in a day standoff with Koresh at the compound. During this time, negotiators arranged for the release of 35 Branch Davidians, including 21 children.
1. Experts still debate whether the Branch Davidians were, in fact, a ‘cult.’
What began as the longest shoot-out in American law-enforcement history turned into a weeks-long siege that ended 51 days later with 75 people dead, many of them women and children., The siege had endured for 51 days. For 51 days, for hour after hour, the FBI negotiators had sought agreement with a sect leader who veered between cracking jokes and threatening to start World War Three, between lucid civility and incoherent rambling about the scriptures.
The standoff between federal agents and the Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas, dominated headlines for months. The siege left 75 people — including children — dead and changed the way some Americans felt about the federal government. On Feb. By the end of the shootout, four agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and six Branch Davidians were dead. The failed operation then turned into a day standoff.
United States. The Waco siege was the siege of a compound belonging to the religious sect Branch Davidians , carried out by American federal and Texas state law enforcement, as well as the U. Suspecting the group of stockpiling illegal weapons, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ATF obtained a search warrant for the compound and arrest warrants for Koresh and a select few of the group's members. The incident began when the ATF attempted to raid the ranch. An intense gun battle erupted, resulting in the deaths of four government agents and six Branch Davidians. Eventually, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out of the ranch. During the attack, a fire engulfed Mount Carmel Center.